Street Smart–Season 1, Episode 2

This week’s episode pretty much followed the formula it established last week—-Steve instantly comes up with an idea that’s bound to fail, he and his Street Smart gang get to work fast, the failure happens and they’re back at square one. This week’s idea—-youth cream.

I felt that the youth cream idea was a more realistic goal and a less ridiculous idea than last week’s idea to steal from the police. I personally enjoyed seeing that they were briefly successful and things looked up, however I knew the failure moment would come, and I enjoyed the subtle reveal of it through Joseph and Trans getting itchy in their sleep. While the failure was obvious, the youth cream recipe turned out to be a recipe for haemorrhoid cream, it was also realistic. Although Steve’s parents were heavily stereotypical, they were also funny and I liked that they experienced more business success than Steve himself did.

Meanwhile, Joseph is up to his usual tricks by completing an obstacle course in his front yard, complete with inflatable tyres, in an effort to be ready for the police force. I found his “Operation Wheelie Bin” idea hilarious, although I didn’t totally buy that Shane didn’t see him as he was emptying some of the youth cream into the bin, but since Shane isn’t the sharpest knife in the drawer, I’ll give it a pass.

Overall I felt this episode was an improvement to last week’s as the gang’s idea was more realistic and more characters were introduced.


Stray Observations:

-Joseph’s last name is revealed as Abboud.

-This episode marks the first appearance of Steve’s parents.

-Steve’s mother keeps a bowl of pumpkin seeds in one of her desk drawers.

-Merrick Watts made a cameo as a drug officer.

-The gang has a code of conduct.

-The gag with Steve’s mother clipping Steve’s father’s toenails in bed appearing to Steve that they were having sex is a cliche, but Steve’s reactions and facial expressions made it funny.

Pun for this week–Tight R’s (the name of the youth cream)

Best one liners:

  • “I’ve got ethnic back!” (Joseph to Tia)
  • “The beauty industry is made up, it preys on the insecurity of vain, shallow people who have too much money to spend.” (Raj to the gang, summing up the beauty industry)
  • “What do you think this is Breaking Bad?” (Steve to Shane when he sees him in his underwear around the lab equipment)
  • “I’m Asian, we don’t need to look younger!” (Trans to Hung about her refusal to use the youth cream herself)
  • “Sure NCIS!” (The drug officer to Joseph when the latter requests to be there when Steve’s busted)

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